directions for having students
Concept Map of the characteristics of life here.
Site includes a
- Use the online
"Characteristics of Life" matching
crossword puzzle for "The Study of Life."
Study of Life"
Wordsearch and Solution.
provides an entire unit
called "Astrobiology In Your Classroom"
that investigates the requirements for
life on earth and the other planets. It includes black-line
masters for worksheets, overheads, and even a game.
a Flinn Scientific, Inc. demonstration
for "What Is Life?"
to introduce some levity into
the classroom and to provide an opportunity to discuss the importance
of careful observations. One teacher from the NSTA
ListServe suggested using white
or golden raisens to make
them harder for students to recognize.
- For middle
school students try these Sponge
Science worksheets, "Bikini Bottom Experiments"
and "Controls and Variables" .
- Show this
"Characteristics of Life" PowerPoint presentation.
Scientific Method" activity has
students write a paper about
the scientific method and then use it to solve a problem.
Rubrics are included.
- A good
middle school activity for introducing controls and variables in an
experiment is "Identify
the Controls and Variables" with
the Simpsons. Lisa
Smith from the NSTA Listserve
has used the site to
create the worksheet "The Simpsons - Identifying the Controls and
- Introduce The
by hatching "dinosaur eggs" with this
- Or introduce The
Scientific Method with
this "Testing a Consumer
the characteristics of life with "Is Yeast
with these teacher notes .
lab for "Origins: How Life
has students explore the
characteristics of life.
- Use the
scientific method to "Save
And here is another "Save Fred"
worksheet with good images, but has to be printed on office size paper.
Checks Lab" is a nature of
science activity from ENSI.
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